Two affiliated hardware stores in Oregon were fined a combined $35,600 for failing to adequately protect workers from exposure to COVID-19, according to the State Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Oregon OSHA).
OSHA announced plans to delay its new COVID-19 workplace safety standard while it gathers updated information on SARS-CoV-2. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh made the request for up-to-date “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis and the latest information regarding the state of vaccinations and the variants."
With 15% of the US population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 500 million individual doses still to be delivered, the United States will produce a lot more vaccine-related waste in the next six months.
On March 12, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect high-risk workers from hazards related to COVID-19 exposure. The program expands upon its existing inspection efforts to prioritize companies with the highest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the virus.
OSHA recently released new guidance to help protect US employees from COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance recommends measures employers can implement based on the latest data from CDC.
President Joe Biden has directed OSHA to do more to protect workers from COVID-19 and enforce workplace safety standards.
Update 12/08/20: Hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged before October 31 in accordance with the now-expired Notice of Enforcement Discretion may be offered and transported under the reliefs PHMSA granted for highway and rail modes.
Newly approved COVID-19 health and safety requirements for California employers are in effect as of November 30, 2020.
In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.
We dissect OSHA's first OSHA COVID-19 enforcement actions to show which specific OSHA Standards inspectors are citing during novel coronavirus-related inspections.
OSHA recently released details about enforcement actions concerning COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. That data showed that OSHA inspectors overwhelmingly cited employers for violations of four specific 29 CFR Standards, which this report explores.